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Organic Krush(es) Cravings:
How a Cleanse Can Catalyst Good Habits

This pandemic has hindered many of our normal routines. With so many of us home, working, living and trying to thrive, it can become difficult to keep some structure to our days, and in particular, our eating. It is not uncommon to find yourself in a snack-tastrophy, a sna-pocolypse, a snack-foo, okay I’ll stop, but you get the picture. Snacking can become almost mindless. It’s time to reset.
Juice cleansing, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s been around since the 1930’s, when Norman W. Walker invented the first juicer. It can be a wonderful way to lay the foundation for the building blocks of healthy habits. It can reboot your system, increase your immunity, rehydrate your body and reset your cravings.

My juice cleanse was preempted by a need to reduce inflammation. Genetically I am predisposed to this affliction, but I have found that food can greatly impact how I feel. Day 1 was a little rough, but by the morning of Day 2, I felt lighter and generally cleaner. Strange, but my insides felt, for lack of a better word, fresh. By Day 3, I’d stopped being controlled by my hunger. I’d reduced my inflammation and set my body up for success. I felt hydrated, my skin felt softer and my cravings were for healthy solid foods. Overall, I found tremendous success in my cleanse.

Your digestive system can really take a beating, from environmental factors to the food you consume and to the movement you allow yourself. Rebooting can be a way to start healing from the inside. Flooding your body with vitamins, minerals and hydration can help to eliminate toxins that have built up over time. Continuing a vegetable and fruit heavy diet for a few days post cleanse can be beneficial in achieving your overall health goals.

In a time where health is a daily topic, keeping yours tip top is an imperative. Increasing immunity is an excellent way to build a strong defense against sickness. Vitamins C, B6 and E are all considered antioxidants. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits. Vitamin B6 can be found in spinach and carrots. Vitamin E can be found in almonds and cashews. With the comprehensive combinations in these juices, they are packed with antioxidants.

Water is so important. Our bodies are 60% water, and all our vital organs need it to function properly. Celery, watercress, fennel, cucumber and cilantro are made up of over 90% water, and can be found in a majority of the juices. Pairing these with a large glass of water can increase hydration and enhance the detox process. Starting your morning with a room temperature glass of water is incredibly satisfying and sets your day up right for digestion.

Food. A huge part of our daily lives. For some of us, even more so during this pandemic. Consistent snacking has become a coping mechanism for many Americans, including myself. Resetting this mindless eating can seem daunting, but a cleanse can jumpstart this process. It’s 3 days of pre thought out “meals”. You don’t have to wonder what you’ll be eating next, the juice is waiting for you in your fridge. It is a mindless practice to catalyst a mindful habit. Cravings are tough to kick, but they can control what should otherwise be an enjoyable part of life, and deserve no space in your brain.

Intermittent juice fasting holds many benefits. It should be done with a doctor’s blessing and the understanding that this is not an every-day-thing. Moderation is important in life. It can make the good, better and the bad, less bad. Giving yourself grace in your choices is self-care, and remembering everything your body does for you is graceful. Take the time to feed it well, water it daily, and relieve it of some of life’s pressures. Take the time to cleanse it and nurture it. Love yourself.

by Catie Zimmerman

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